No tsunami risk after quake
A magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck off Fiji yesterday, the US Geological Survey said, but it was too deep to generate a tsunami and there were no reports of damage. The quake hit at 12:19pm 361km east of the Pacific nation’s capital, Suva, at a depth of 563km, US seismologists said. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was “no tsunami threat because the earthquake is located too deep inside the Earth.” The quake, and several aftershocks ranging up to magnitude 6.8, were felt as a rippling effect in the outer Lau islands group, but residents in Suva, on the main island of Viti Levu, said they did not feel a thing.
Hunter becomes hunted
Utah authorities said a bow hunter suffered minor chest and leg injuries when he was attacked by a mountain lion that stalked him and his father before and after the attack. The attack happened on Saturday in mountains near Kamas, east of Salt Lake City, Division of Wildlife Resources spokesman Phil Douglas said. Conservation officers were sent to the scene, and a man and his dog were attempting to track the mountain lion so it can be euthanized if found because of the attack, Douglas said. The wounded hunter declined medical attention because he wanted to continue hunting, Summit County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Andrew Wright said.
New curbs on Web passed
President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has ratified an anti-cybercrime law that rights groups have said paves the way for censoring online media. The law, published on Saturday in the country’s official gazette, empowers authorities to order the blocking of Web sites that publish content considered a threat to national security. Viewers attempting to access blocked sites can also be sentenced to one year in prison or fined up to 100,000 Egyptian pounds (US$5,593) under the law. The parliament last month approved a bill placing personal social media accounts and Web sites with more than 5,000 followers under the supervision of the top media authority, which can block them if they are found to be disseminating false news.
Man loses digit in golf brawl
A man has bitten off another man’s finger during a fight at a Massachusetts golf course. A 47-year-old man was on Friday arrested at the Southers Marsh Golf Club in Plymouth after he apparently got into a fight with another golfer and bit off a part of his thumb, WCVB-TV reported. The victim’s thumb had been bitten off to his knuckle and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment, the station reported. The incident happened at about sunset, it reported. The attacker was arrested and charged with mayhem.
Turtle deaths investigated
Environmental authorities are investigating the deaths of more than 100 endangered sea turtles whose carcasses have turned up at a wildlife sanctuary on the Pacific coast of Chiapas State. The environmental protection agency on Saturday said 102 olive ridley, six hawksbill and five Galapagos green bill turtles were found dead at the Playas de Puerto Arista Sanctuary between July 24 and Monday last week. Authorities are testing the water and conducting autopsies to determine possible causes of death, it said. Asphyxiation, fishing hooks or harmful algae blooms might have killed the turtles, authorities said.
FRENCH AID: Paris has sent a navy ship and aircraft from Reunion Island with some pollution control equipment, but rough seas are spreading the oil spill The operator of a Japanese bulk carrier which ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean yesterday apologized for a major oil spill, which officials and environmentalists say is creating an ecological disaster, as police prepared to board the ship. The MV Wakashio, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, struck the reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25. “We apologize profusely and deeply for the great trouble we have caused,” Mitsui OSK Lines executive vice president Akihiko Ono said at a news conference in Tokyo. The company would “do everything in their power to resolve the issue,” he said. At least 1,000 tonnes of
They stand as eyesores to most passers-by and potential public health risks to authorities, decaying buildings wrapped in tangles of exposed wire, studded with protruding leaky plastic pipes, vegetation billowing from cracks and terraces where particulates from polluted air have accumulated over time. With skyscrapers and ultramodern developments on every side, some of these “nail houses” are also sitting on land worth millions of dollars in Shenzhen’s inferno of a property market, where new-unit and second-hand home prices rival London. In battles over land and development, the nail house phenomenon has become widespread throughout China over the past two decades, with owners
An Italian alpine resort on Friday remained on high alert over fears that a vast chunk of a glacier on the slopes of the Mont Blanc massif could plummet in high temperatures. “No one gets through! No cars, bikes or pedestrians,” was the message at a checkpoint where an automatic barrier and two guards blocked the small road snaking up into a lush valley below the Planpincieux glacier, near the town of Courmayeur and the Italian-French border. The blockade has largely been greeted with contempt by the locals, one of whom said: “It’s a joke.” The huge ice block measuring around 500,000 cubic
SHOW OF SOLIDARITY: The publisher’s ‘Apple Daily’ newspaper has had to raise the number of copies printed from 70,000 to 550,000 to meet a huge surge in demand They have occupied Hong Kong’s central business district, marched by the hundreds of thousands through the territory’s streets and endured tear gas and pepper spray in pitched battles with riot police. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy supporters are now wielding a new protest weapon: their stock-market trading accounts. To show support for Jimmy Lai (黎智英), the publisher and outspoken government critic who was on Monday arrested under the territory’s new national security legislation, Hong Kongers have been piling into shares of his media company Next Digital. The result: a more than 1,100 percent surge in two days that propelled the stock to a seven-year